BREAKING: Twitter Files #13: How Pfizer board member secretly urged Twitter to hide posts

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Alex Berenson, an independent journalist who was banned from Twitter when he criticized the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and the government and academic response to the pandemic, has just released the next episode of the “Twitter Files.”

Berenson filed a lawsuit against Twitter, highlighting that he was banned due to pressure from the White House.  New Twitter CEO Elon Musk not only reinstated Berenson’s account, but invited him to come to the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco to dig through Twitter’s Covid-related documents, and release an edition of the Twitter Files.

On Saturday, Berenson shared a link to a report he wrote on Substack about his trip, and Monday afternoon, he released his first installment of the Twitter Files, titled, “Pfizer board member Scott Gottlieb secretly pressed Twitter to hide posts challenging his company’s massively profitable Covid jabs.”

Berenson shared a summary of his report on Twitter, as follows:

1/ My first #TwitterFiles report: how @scottgottliebmd – a top Pfizer board member – used the same Twitter lobbyist as the White House to suppress debate on Covid vaccines, INCLUDING FROM A FELLOW HEAD OF @US_FDA!

Thanks @elonmusk for opening these files.

2/ In August 2021, Gottlieb told Todd O’Boyle – a senior manager in Twitter’s public policy department – that a tweet from @drgiroir claiming CORRECTLY that natural immunity was superior to vaccine immunity was “corrosive” and might “go viral.”

3/ Twitter put a misleading tag on the tweet, preventing it from being shared. Gottlieb then went after a tweet about Covid’s low risk to kids from @justin_hart. Pfizer would soon win the okay for its mRNA shots for children, so keeping parents scared was crucial…

4/ In October 2022, @scottgottliebmd claimed on Twitter and CNBC that he was not trying to suppress debate on mRNA jabs. These files prove that Gottlieb – board member at a company that has made $70 billion on the shots – did just that. Full story here:

Elon Musk shared Berenson’s post, and tweeted, “More Twitter Files. Some conspiracies are actually true.”

In a Substack article, Berenson shared more details on how Pfizer made multiple efforts to silence critics who spoke out against their vaccines. He wrote:

On August 27, 2021, Dr. Scott Gottlieb – a Pfizer director with over 550,000 Twitter followers – saw a tweet he didn’t like, a tweet that might hurt sales of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccines.

The tweet explained correctly that natural immunity after Covid infection was superior to vaccine protection. It called on the White House to “follow the science” and exempt people with natural immunity from upcoming vaccine mandates.

It came not from an “anti-vaxxer” like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., but from Dr. Brett Giroir, a physician who had briefly followed Gottlieb as the head of the Food & Drug Administration. Further, the tweet actually encouraged people who did not have natural immunity to “Get vaccinated!”

No matter.

By suggesting some people might not need Covid vaccinations, the tweet could raise questions about the shots. Besides being former FDA commissioner, a CNBC contributor, and a prominent voice on Covid public policy, Gottlieb was a senior board member at Pfizer, which depended on mRNA jabs for almost half its $81 billion in sales in 2021. Pfizer paid Gottlieb $365,000 for his work that year.

Below is the tweet from Giroir which Berenson referenced.  To this day, the tweet still has the “misleading” label on it, “even though several large studies have confirmed the truth of Giroir’s words.”

Berenson posted a screenshot of the August 27, 2021 email from Gottlieb, which was sent to Todd O’Boyle, “a top lobbyist in Twitter’s Washington office who was also Twitter’s point of contact with the White House.”

Gottlieb wrote, “This is the kind of stuff that’s corrosive. Here he draws a sweeping conclusion off a single retrospective study in Israel that hasn’t been peer reviewed. But this tweet will end up going viral and driving news coverage.”

The email was forward to the Twitter “Strategic Response” team, who found it  did not violate any of the company’s misinformation rules, but they slapped a label on it anyway, which effectively prevented most people from seeing it.

The next week, Gottlieb struck again, asking Twitter to take action against another vaccine skeptic, Justin Hart.

Hart had tweeted, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but a viral pathogen with a child mortality rate of ~0% has cost our children nearly three years of schooling. 😡”

However, Twitter took no action on that tweet.

Berenson also noted that Gottlieb fired back at him personally, after Berenson wrote an article on Substack on Oct. 13, 2022 about his lawsuit against Twitter for banning him.

“The morning after I wrote that article, Gottlieb appeared on CNBC, the financial news channel where he is a contributor, and offered what at best was a seriously misleading explanation of his actions and his motives,” Berenson wrote.

Below is that interview, as CNBC praised Gottlieb and Gottlieb defended his stance against those who have spoken out against Pfizer’s product, saying he’s concerned about people’s safety.

Berenson wrote in his report on Monday:

Gottlieb is not just a Pfizer board member. He is one of seven members of the board’s executive committee and the head of its regulatory and compliance committee, which oversees “compliance with laws, regulations, and internal procedures applicable to pharmaceutical sales and marketing activities.”

Berenson shared a photo last week of a list of topics he is being allowed to search in the Twitter Files, and promised he will be releasing more in the weeks to come.


PART 1 – Dec 2 – Journalist Matt Taibbi released details on censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story just prior to the 2020 election.

PART 2 – Dec. 8 – Journalist Bari Weiss published details of how Twitter held back the reach of many conservatives, including Dan Bongino, Charlie Kirk, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and even the Twitter account Libs of TikTok.

PART 3 – Dec. 9 – Journalist Matt Taibbi revealed behind-the-scenes details on what led to then-President Donald Trump being kicked off Twitter in January 2020.

PART 4 – Dec. 10 – Journalist Michael Shellenberger outlined the way Twitter executives manipulated the platform’s rules in order to blacklist former President Donald Trump on January 7, 2020.

Part 5 – Dec. 12 – Journalist Bari Weiss revealed the process of removing Trump from Twitter after Jan. 6.

Part 6 – Dec. 16 – Journalist Matt Taibbi released details on Twitter, The FBI Subsidiary

Part 6B – Dec. 18 – Journalist Matt Taibbi posted a supplemental thread on the FBI’s efforts to control Twitter

Part 7 – Dec. 19 – Writer Michael Shellenberger released details on how the FBI and intelligence community “discredited factual information about Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.”

Part 8 – Dec. 20 – How Twitter ‘directly assisted’ U.S. military’s influence operations, posted by journalist Lee Fang

Part 9 – Dec. 24 – Vast web of coordination between tech giant and CIA, State Dept, other agencies, published by journalist Matt Taibbi

Part 10 – Dec. 26 -How Twitter Rigged the Covid Debate, released by journalist David Zweig

Part 11 – Jan. 3, 2023 – Twitter Files Part 11: How Twitter Let the Intelligence Community In, by Matt Taibbi

Part 12 – Jan 3, 2023 – Twitter Files Part 12: “Twitter and the FBI Belly Button”, and the scoop on Schiff, by Matt Taibbi

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